-AS NAIP’s National Conference Commences on May 1
The thrust of the 22nd Annual National Conference of the Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP) holding at Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, Anambra State from 1 to 4 May is to begin a strategic repositioning of the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry to enable it have more competitive products for the international market, Pharm. Ignatius Anukwu, national chairman, NAIP has said.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos during a press briefing organised by NAIP to mark the 2019 World Malaria Day and announce its upcoming conference themed Disruptive Innovations: Unleashing Nigerian Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharm. Anukwu noted that it is only when the nation’s pharmaceutical industry is repositioned that it can increase its contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provide more medicines for local consumption.
While restating the commitment of NAIP towards the fight against malaria, he urged the government at Federal and State levels to consider establishing Pharmaceutical Production Parks where power and water treatment plants will be provided and shared by a number of pharmaceutical production companies, adding that the initiative should be a public private partnership that will help drive down the cost of production of medicines produced locally and make them competitive in the international market. When this is achieved, products manufactured in Nigeria will be able to penetrate other African and western markets as desired, he said.
He also advocated for the provision of arable land for the cultivation of medicinal plants, noting that many extracts of Nigeria’s indigenous plants are being used for the production of nutraceuticals all over the world.
He disclosed that there are loads of studies conducted by pharmacists in academia which could lead to the commercialization of some indigenous medicines, adding that indeed one of such collaboration between NAIP and the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in the Academia (NAPA) resulted in the development of a herbal cough tincture which was formulated with natural active ingredients and called NANIP. He disclosed that two more of such products are under development, stressing that this is the line the nation have to toe to improve its ranking in the international pharmaceutical map.
The NAIP helmsman stated that Dr Chimezie Anyakorah, the chief of party, PQM, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the keynote speaker at the NAIP conference, will lead the discussion expected to explore and recommend bold initiatives that would bring about the desired boom for the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharm. Anukwu also said that Professor Martin Emeje, DG, Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) will also presented a paper on the topic Making Nigeria Africa’s Pharmaceutical Hub through Private Sector Initiative on day-two of the NAIP conference.
The conference, the NAIP boss disclosed further will also feature other activities such as a walk against drug abuse and counterfeiting of medicines, the AGM of the association and a closing banquet during which the Icon of Pharmacy Award, Distinguished Service Award and Eminent Service Awards will be presented to deserving personalities.